Day of Mourning declared statewide to honor President George H.W. Bush

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5 an official Day of Mourning in Texas to honor the late President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.

The proclamation says skeletal work crews will maintain state government operations and services as most state agencies and departments will be closed. Flags will also be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect until the end of the year. 

The World War II veteran’s casket was flown to Washington D.C. Monday from Houston. The late president will lay in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda until Wednesday.  He will then be flown back to Texas where he will lay in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston where his wife, Barbara Bush also lay earlier this year. 

The 41st president will be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. His wife, Barbara, and daughter, Robin, are both buried on library grounds as well. 

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